The International Union of Architects (UIA) has launched the second edition of the ‘Friendly and Inclusive Spaces’ Awards. The Awards recognise and promote inclusive design – from buildings and public spaces to research – and are open to all architect members of UIA member sections. Entries can be submitted online, from 28 September until 20 December 2016, at https://uiafriendlyspaces.awardsplatform.com/.
Nearly 20 years ago two architects, one in the US and one in the UK, who’d both acquired functional limitations due to polio, developed an idea about people at the center of the design process. Ron Mace and Selwyn Goldsmith were clear. Universal/inclusive design was not baseline accessibility about people with disabilities but rather a transformational and dynamic design strategy for our time that built on a floor of access. They saw human diversity of ability, age, and culture as definitive of life today and called for concerted leadership to invest in design that makes this new reality work. The demographic facts have only gotten starker. The concepts are more familiar but sustainable visionary practice, at best, scattered. Valerie Fletcher will offer a strategy to spur holistic action for inclusive design that’s practical but energizing, that demands engagement by clients, designers, and users. And she will illustrate success with global examples of methods and results.
Link to video of Valerie Fletcher's talk with captioning: http://conversations.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/events/designing-people-mind
To mark the theme of the World Tourism Day 2016, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) released this booklet which presents six selected case studies illustrating some of the key parts of the Accessible Tourism supply chain.
At the first affiliated conference on Inclusive Design, IHCD’s Executive Director, Valerie Fletcher, will be presenting Global Perspectives on People-Centered Design - A Holistic Strategy for Inclusive Culture.
For more information, see: http://www.ahfe2016.org/board.html#dfi
The third edition of the premier wayfinding guide to healthcare, Design that Cares, has just been published by Janet R. Carpman and Myron A. Grant. IHCD was pleased to provide detailed knowledge of design requirements for people with functional limitations and information about related US legislation and guidelines.
All corporations, organizations, individuals, and groups, inside and outside Japan, that are interested in "innovative UD activities and proposals for achieving a sustainable, harmonious society through the promotion of new and improved concepts in town development, products, and systems" are eligible to apply. Specific businesses, teams and other sub-units of corporations and organizations are also eligible. So long as the work or the example of an activity is the applicant’s own, it does not matter if it has already been published or presented elsewhere.